Fish Consumption Day in Gobabis on Saturday

11 Sep 2013 06:40
WINDHOEK, 11 SEP (NAMPA) - Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele has invited everyone, especially residents of his region, to attend this year’s annual National Fish Consumption Day (NFCD) in Gobabis on Saturday.
Omaheke will host the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust’s (NFCPT) NFCD this year, after the first one held in the Erongo Region last year.
The NFCD aims to promote fish consumption across the nation, and instill national pride in one of Namibia’s most precious resources.
Ueitele said at a media briefing here on Tuesday that he would like to thank each and every stakeholder who is involved in the process, because it can only be a success for Namibia in general, and particularly his region, which is affectionately called 'cattle country'.
Also speaking at the same media briefing, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau said the promotion of fish consumption is a deliberate decision taken more than 10 years ago because of low fish consumption in Namibia while the country has abundant fish resources.
“The nation and media must get ready and sensitise the public on the importance of fish consumption, but most importantly to welcome the NFCD with open hearts and minds as we see all celebrate with pride,” said the minister.
The NFCPT has managed to make fish more accessible in all corners of the country since its inception in 2001, and currently has 13 shops operating.
The Deputy Chairperson of the NFCPT, Joel Amadhila said the Trust is visiting schools in the region with the aim to educate and entertain learners on the importance of eating fish.
Schools in Omitara, Witvlei, Otjinene, Epukiro and Gobabis will be visited by the Trust as from 09 to the 13 September this year.
During the celebration, the Trust will host a demonstration kitchen where a cook-off of different fish cuisines will be showcased, as well as a demonstration on how to clean fish.